It was announced on Wednesday of last week that Taffs Well assistant manager Darren Buttle is to leave his post after nearly seven years at the club.
During the last five years the club have experienced outstanding success in the Welsh League Cup, winning the competition four times, as well as finishing runners up twice in that spell.
Buttle said “After seven fantastic seasons I feel the time is right for me to leave Taffs Well. Four league cups, a third place and two seasons as runners up in Division One will live long in the memory. I’d like to thank all at Taffs Well for their support over the years – In particular Samuel Norma and Don (James) (Secretary and Treasurer), (Chairman) Liam Edwards, Malcolm Frazer, the fans and of course Bridgey (Lee Bridgeman). I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Supporter Richard Davies said: “It’s a sad day for the Wellmen. Darren can look back at his time with a huge deal of satisfaction in the role that he played in arguably the most successful period in Taffs Well’s history.He may not realise but he helped integrate the supporters into the club and by doing so helped to cement friendships between all the Taffs Well Ultras! He will definitely be missed by all connected with the club.”
Another supporter said: “Darren Buttle encapsulates the meaning of a ‘club man’. The unsung work done behind the scenes had not gone unnoticed or unappreciated by those involved with Taffs Well FC. The Welsh League will be a poorer place while Darren is not involved. Be it barking instructions from the touch line, or giving lifts to and from matches, Darren had been an integral part of the successes enjoyed during his tenure with manager Lee Bridgman. Thank you Darren, you will be missed.”
Prior to his spell at Taffs Well, Buttle spent two years at Cardiff Corries, the first as assistant manager and the second as manager, where he invited Lee Bridgeman to join him. The pair went on to form one of the most well respected managerial partnerships in the Welsh League in recent times.
In other news, midfielder Tom McLean has also left the club.